Via CourtHouseNews.com:

A government attorney told a federal judge Thursday that appointing attorneys for all children facing deportation would "destroy the framework of the immigration system."

The Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union battled over several motions in a four-hour long hearing stemming from a case that seeks court-appointed attorneys for thousands of undocumented children whom the government has already started deporting.

The ACLU and immigrant rights groups sued the government in 2014 in a class action claiming the only way children can get a fair immigration hearing is to provide them with counsel.

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